By Joe Brewin

Kieran Gibbs has hailed Arsenal’s winning mentality after recording their seventh straight Premier League victory on Saturday.

The left back hit his first league strike in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa as Arsène Wenger’s side tightened their grip on third place.

Gibbs has played a significant part in Arsenal’s revival since his return from a lengthy lay-off and believes the team’s improved character has paid dividends.

“The most important thing has been the way we have been winning, making people aware what we are capable of,” he said. “Whereas in the past we might have lost some of those games due to lack of concentration, we seem to be sealing victories now.

“We just have this belief at the minute that we are not going to lose a game. We were down against Spurs and Newcastle but we don't give up now. We have a resilience now that we are not going to lose games. We need to keep that.

“We would have liked to have played like this all season but we suffered through injuries and a dip in form. That is football.”

Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football have been significantly boosted in recent weeks and Gibbs is confident of an even better 2012/13 season.

“If we can keep this group together, everyone is hungry, we have a group of players who know each other well and they are gelling,” he said. “The new signings have done fantastically well.”

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25 Mar 2012